Wins and losses
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
According to global internet testing and analysis firm Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index report for January 2018, the Philippines ranking in terms of fixed broadband internet speeds improved slightly while its ranking in mobile internet speeds declined compared to the previous month.
The Philippines’ average download speed of 15.67 Mbps and average upload speed of 13.53 Mbps for January gave it the rank of 87 th out of 128 countries in terms of fixed broadband internet speed, up one place from its ranking in December 2017.
The improvement in fixed broadband internet speed ranking may count as good news but the Philippines has a long way to go considering that the global average for download and upload speeds is 41.88 Mbps and 20.36 Mbps respectively.
The country’s mobile internet did not do as well, our average download speed of 12.55 Mbps and average upload speed of 5.86 Mbps ranking only 94 th out of 125 countries in January, dropping four places compared to the previous month.
The internet network, infrastructure and service in the Philippines is a work in progress and because of our low base, it could take a while before we can catch up with our neighbors or approach the global averages for download and upload speeds. Hopefully it is the goal of the giants in our country’s telecom industry to continuously improve the quality of that service because they want to seriously compete with the rest of the world and not just among themselves; or not because they are preparing to face the third telecom that President Duterte wants to introduce very soon in the hope that competition will be good for the consumers and the country.
The information age is a period of human history characterized by the shift from industrial production to one based on information and computerization.The Philippines that was left behind when the world industrialized risks being left behind yet again if our telecommunications sector and the government cannot upgrade the manner and speed at which Filipinos can access the internet that is fueling the advances and innovations at this critical period of our history.*